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Ideas from a balanced family [electronic resource]: the founding and practice of a teacher collaboration

The University of Texas at Austin
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Microsoft Word - CR, Cert, Title & Dedication.doc Copyright by James Alan Therrell 2004 The Dissertation Committee for James Alan Therrell certifies that this is the approved version of the following dissertation: IDEAS FROM A BALANCED “FAMILY”: THE FOUNDING AND PRACTICE OF A TEACHER COLLABORATION Committee: __________________________________ Stuart Reifel, Supervisor __________________________________ Elaine Fowler __________________________________ Norville Northcutt __________________________________ Anthony Petrosino __________________________________ David Schwarzer IDEAS FROM A BALANCED “FAMILY”: THE FOUNDING AND PRACTICE OF A TEACHER COLLABORATION by JAMES ALAN THERRELL, B.A., M.S. DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN MAY, 2004 DEDICATION To those who, despite bearing the greater burden, provided the most support: my wife, Lan Huong, and my five-year-old, Vanessa Hoa. v ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS No profound journey is ever trod without timely support from many sources. In my case there were many valued sources that, through working together in caring ways, helped to propel me, day by day, further down an arduous path toward this Ph.D. I first want to honor my family: for a mother who always told me, regardless of the challenge, “You can do it!” and for a father, though having passed away over twenty years ago, who was with me during the most difficult of times, lending me his will and his discipline to see the job through; and for two amazing siblings, who were both contributing advisors on the final manuscript: Jan, for her insights as a veteran school

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